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Ike & Tina Turner

Posted on Nov 10, 2018 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

As husband and wife, Ike & Tina Turner headed up one of the most potent live acts on the R&B circuit during the ’60s and early ’70s. Guitarist and bandleader Ike kept his ensemble tight and well-drilled while throwing in his own distinctively twangy plucking; lead vocalist Tina was a ferocious whirlwind of power and energy, a raw sexual dynamo who was impossible to contain when she hit the stage…

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Ike Turner

Posted on Nov 10, 2018 in 50s, BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, Rock 'n' Roll

Izear Luster Turner, Jr. was born November 5, 1931, in Clarksdale, MS, the heart of the segregated South. His father was beaten to death by a mob of angry whites, and growing up in a hostile environment unquestionably hardened Turner. He found his calling in music from an early age; he learned boogie-woogie piano firsthand from his inspiration, Pinetop Perkins…

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Trust Fund

Posted on Nov 5, 2018 in ALTERNATIVE, Contemporary, Indie

Trust Fund, the indie-pop project helmed by Bristol-based songwriter Ellis Jones, broke out in 2015, releasing a pair of mostly DIY albums, No One’s Coming for Us and Seems Unfair, which matched chatty and self-deprecating lyrics with breezy indie-pop and occasional prog flourishes…

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Johnny Carroll

Posted on Oct 31, 2018 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Born John Lewis Carrell (Carrell was printed incorrectly as Carroll on the record label), Carroll began recording for Decca Records in the middle of the 1950s. He released several singles, but none of them saw significant success, though they are now critically acclaimed…

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Judy Collins

Posted on Oct 26, 2018 in 60s, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional Folk

Singer Judy Collins was, along with Joan Baez, one of the two major interpretive singers to emerge from the folk revival of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Like Baez, she began singing traditional folk songs, then moved on to popularize the work of contemporary singer/songwriters, even writing her own songs occasionally…

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The Woodentops

Posted on Oct 21, 2018 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Electronic, Indie, New Wave

Taking punk’s D.I.Y. ideals and applying them to stripped-down acoustic pop, the Woodentops achieved a great deal of critical success in the short time they were together. Formed in the early ’80s in Northampton, England, the group consisted of Rolo McGinty (vocals, guitar), Frank de Freitas (bass), Simon Mawby (guitar), Benny Staples (drums), and Alice Thompson (keyboards)…

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Trumans Water

Posted on Oct 16, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Post-punk

Glen Galloway (guitar), brothers Kirk and Kevin Branstetter (guitar, bass), and 69-year-old drummer Andres Malinao comprise Trumans Water. The quartet deconstruct indie rock in the style of Captain Beefheart. A modern touchstone is Pavement; the two bands have the same laid-back air, sloppy riffs, and impenetrable lyrics…

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Don Gibson

Posted on Oct 11, 2018 in 50s, Country, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Singer/songwriter Don Gibson was one of the most popular and influential forces in ’50s and ’60s country, scoring numerous hit singles as a performer and a songwriter. Gibson’s music touched on both traditional country and highly produced country-pop…

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Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Hardcore, Indie, Post-punk

During their eight-year existence, Jawbox developed into a top-tier post-hardcore band. While they became one of the most notable acts in Washington, D.C. shortly after their late-’80s formation … they were favorably compared to Chicago’s Big Black … Scrutinized for leaving D.C.’s beloved Dischord for a major label — they were the first to do so — Jawbox nonetheless released two excellent albums for Atlantic…

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World Of Twist

Posted on Sep 29, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Electronic, Indie

Electronic bubblegum outfit World Of Twist formed in Sheffield, England, in 1985. Singer James Fry (the younger brother of ABC frontman Martin Fry) and drummer Tony Ogden co-founded the group, recruiting guitarist Gordon King, bassist Andrew Hobson, saxophonist Rory Connelly, organist Nick Phillips, and synth player Andy Robbins to complete the lineup…

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